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Thoughtpicker Witch Discussion
1 month ago
Love the idea of this budget deck but really feel like you could do with swapping your single use sac outlets for multi use ones. How about Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Thoughtpicker Witch, Ashnod's Altar and Vampiric Rites?? I appreciate a couple are over the $1 mark but not by a great deal.
2 months ago
Nice, simple idea for modern. I think the secret to running budget black decks are a lot of hand disruption and a stable manabase. If you can find some of the more budget b/g lands, that will help. Llanowar Wastes, that sort of thing. Scythe Leopard, Gatecreeper Vine and Liliana's Elite are likely to underperform compared to some other dirt-cheap options.
General advice- go heavy on one colour so that you can pack your deck with cards of that colour then leave the other for later in the game, where you can afford to be paying mana with lands that come into play tapped.
This means either early game black (hand/board disruption) or early game green (Elves of Deep Shadow/Sakura-Tribe Elder). What you choose to focus on can then inform the cmc and gamplan for the rest of your cards. Either way, lots of 1 and 2 drops will help you survive.
I'll start with disruption options- Vendetta, Victim of Night, Smother, Geth's Verdict Bile Blight etc for creature removal, Duress, Black Cat, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, Nezumi Bone-Reader and Thoughtpicker Witch for hand disrution are all solid choices that match your game plan.
Interesting or efficient creature options Rot Shambler/Mortician Beetle (growing threats), Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist (lifedrain and victory without attacks with a sacrifice outlet), Dross Harvester (bolt and path resistance), Ogre Slumlord for rat tribal combo , Pawn of Ulamog/Sifter of Skulls for more tokens, Quirion Dryad/Vinelasher Kudzu for growing threats Bloodthrone Vampire/Indulgent Aristocrat/Carrier Thrall for vamp tribal, Nest Invader for more token/ramp, Boneyard Wurm/Satyr Wayfinder/Graveblade Marauder/Nighthowler/Splinterfright/Gnarlwood Dryad are all fairly functional for a more graveyard-reliant setup, and Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a cheap and functional manland.
Sideboard options Elvish Eulogist(in an elf heavy list) Elvish Hexhunter Vampire Hexmage Bottle Gnomes Dryad Militant Delirium Skeins etc. There is a lot out there in these colours.If a lot of cards are ending up in the graveyard as the game draws out, spells like Hooting Mandrills, Gurmag Angler or Become Immense start becoming more valuable.
The question is always going to be what is my opponents plan, and how do I stop that- are my opponents playing Rest in Peace or smilar to deal with graveyard shenanigans, will they kill me before I kill them as every card in their deck is effectively Lightning Bolt, or will they be able to Remand all my spells while they hit me with Delver of Secrets Flip. Things that disrupt their plan are usually good, especially when they help your plan.
There are a lot of cards to much around with and play- I'd reccomend testing online before going hunting for things specific, focus on a single strategy when picking cards and if you choose to go less-budget, focus on lands first. Reliably casting spells is the core of the game.
2 months ago
Maybe take out a Bogbrew Witch or two for that matter for 2 more Mortician Beetle. Then i would take out 2 Ultimate Price to put in 2 more Smallpox. I would keep other 2 drop kills spells like Ultimate Price and Kiku's Shadow in your sideboard along with Pulse Tracker and i wouldn't run Thoughtpicker Witch your Trepanation Blade is better in my opinion! <3
3 months ago
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3 months ago
Darth_Savage, that's a good question and the answer is that I actually consider Bogbrew Witch to be the core card and I draw her reliably enough that more cauldrons would hamper more than help. After all, the cauldron won't be useful for saccing witches until at least turn five. The musts in the deck are with the Newt, Cauldron and Witch. I play in a group that usually only uses creature removal, not artifact or enchantment removal, which makes it pretty potent against what they're usually cooking with. The idea of Bitterheart Witch is to keep people from attacking me, trade with a creature, do ping damage or be thrown into the cauldron to get a curse out and gain life at the same time. She's a lot better than she appears at face value, especially with a group that likes their Doom Blades and Prey Upon.
Your suggestion for Inkfathom Witch's ability is banging but that would require splashing for blue to use its ability. I'd put it in over Thoughtpicker Witch if I did have blue in here. If I splashed for blue I'd also put in some Turn to Frog, but I'm working on a wizard deck that has an emphasis on cards like that, so I don't feel the need to spread into blue just yet.
3 months ago
Catalog9000, Darth_Savage I am the worst at remembering non-basic lands. Thanks! I am going to definitely root around and see if I can't drudge up some of those leechboys. I am liking Visions of Brutality for a control angle more than Nettling Curse, but... Curses! These are both going into the maybe board for some solid consideration regardless.
As for Thoughtpicker Witch and Inkfathom Witch, I think if I were to swap some things out, I'd use Thoughtpicker, because it's cheaper, I could actually get some use out of my Witches' Eye and I can force a sac if for some reason I can't get my Bubbling Cauldron out.
Thanks a bunch for the feedback!
3 months ago
This is a theme deck, which tends to make it more casual than anything else, that being said trying to improve the mana curve might help. A couple of creature suggestions are Thoughtpicker Witch and Inkfathom Witch seem like they would fit and are nice and cheap... Also on theme is Nettling Curse, sure you can't force an attack but it might help stall an opponent.